“ Wouldn't it be great to have the intimate atmosphere of candlelight without the hassle of candles? That's exactly what you get with the Imageo Candle Lights from Philips. Ideal for restaurants, hotels and cafes (both indoors and outside) or anywhere else where ambience is vitally important for business. With Imageo Candle Light, you have the glow and gentle flicker associated with candles, but none of the drawbacks of an open flame. Candle Light is an LED light source designed so that its appearance, right down to its flickering, dancing yellow light, is just like the real thing. „
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I bought these after purchasing a set of LED candles that really weren't up to scratch I wanted candle light for an area upstairs without having to worry about the safety aspect and these looked perfect. I ordered them from Amazon and purchased them when they were on offer for £19.99. At this price i think the item is good value for money but i'm not sure i would have purchased them for the original retail price of approximately £30.
The items arrived in a small box and came with a silver, plastic charge stand and 3 white rechargeable lights. The lights are made to look like a tea light in a frosted glass holder and have a silver plastic base. They are about the same width as a tea light and approximately 15cm tall.
The items are not charged on delivery so i immediately plugged the stand in and set the lights to charge. The charger feels completely safe with no wires or metal on show. The stand also has a small red light in the middle to indicate whether the lights are charging or not. It has a timer to switch the charger off after 12 hours so there is no chance of the product overheating. The first charge took quite a while and i needed to reset the charger by pressing the red button in the middle.
After charging the lights i turned them on by tipping the candle on its side and then popped them on display. This is a really easy way to turn the lights on and off and is much less fiddly then a switch. The lights give off a yellow glow and flickers to give the appearance of a candle. The lights give an ambient, natural looking glow but would not be suitable to use as substantial lighting. The lights lasted for approximately 8 hours without needing to be recharged. They also don't appear to have lost any charge time through use.
Unfortunately i seem to have one light that doesn't remain charged for the same amount of time as the other two which is a bit disappointing. However, after looking on the internet I've found that i can buy replacement lights without having to be a brand new set. I'm consider purchasing extra lights so that i always have charged lights to hand.
Whilst I've not used the product outdoors the specifications do state that they are suitable and i think they would create a lovely atmosphere in the garden. The lights can also be purchased in different colours.
We were given these Philips Imageo rechargeable candles for Christmas 2011. They are the sort of thing I have always liked the look of but never got round to buying myself.
You get a set of 3 lights. The 'candle' part sits in a built in frosted glass holder. You get a base unit which each holder sits in to re-charge and the power cable. I charged these up first time as instructed on the box and the next evening we put one on each windowsill in our front room. They look lovely, they do look like real candles and the light inside the glass holder very cleverly gives off a flickering effect.
They turn on and off by picking the holder up and sharply tipping to one side (a bit like you might do on a smart phone to flip the screen). This is a great way to turn them on and off as other similar ones I have seen have switches on the bottom of the light which require you to remove the light from the holder first.
The base unit is light and compact and handy for storing as well as recharging as it stops them getting knocked over. They feel very good quality and the light are heavy and sturdy.
Most suprising the charge on them lasts a very long time. We can have them on for several hours for a good few evenings in a row before they lose their charge.
I was given these so I don't know how much they cost a couple of years ago, but my Mum mentioned she wanted some and when I looked at buying some for her they were around £20. I would probably rather spend more like £15 on them as you do only get three of them, but on the other hand they are good quality, last ages without charge and look great. They are a far cheaper alternative to normal candles as you don't even have batteries to replace and you of course don't get any of the messy wax!
A CANDLE WITH ONLY ONE CATEGORY? WHATEVER NEXT?
They don't smell of anything, they only come in three colours and they aren't called 'Yankee' anything, so I guess that's all 'doodle-dandy'. Now you can relax, as at the very worst, you'll only get three different reviews of these, and more to the point, only one of them from me!
Like Ronnie Corbett, who only wanted ice-cream without pistachios (and NOT without walnuts), I suppose you could at a stretch review the Philips Imageo lamps that don't smell of Sandalwood, and compare them to the ones that don't smell of Jasmine.
However, I suspect that all you and the Dooyoo management might smell is a rat.
We get through a lot of tea-lights at home as we like mood lighting and hardly ever turn on the overhead light in our lounge except when I've lost something down the back of the sofa (the matches to light tea-lights for example!).
After a chat with some firemen with whom I work twice a year, it would seem that smoking in bed* has been overtaken by getting a bit squiffy on Pinot Grigio and forgetting to blow out the candles as the chief reason for household blazes especially exacerbated with every approaching Christmas and New Year.
(* Q: Do you smoke in bed? A: I don't know; I've never felt the need to look and no-one's ever told me I do!)
WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR 17 QUID? THE LAW OF 'DIM-INISHING' REARS ITS HEAD
The LED lamps are deliberately made to resemble tea-Lights inside a ground glass tube. On the inside of the tube near the base, there's an LED which flickers ever so slightly when powered up. I have to admit that this is pretty realistic, and can prompt people to touch the tube to see if it's hot - it isn't by the way, as LEDs are an extremely efficient source of light.
There's no on-off switch visible, and you merely rock them slightly to turn them on or off. Being rechargeable, you might expect them to have some visible electrical contacts but no.
Recharging is achieved by placing them in the triple charging tray, looking rather like a drink-cup holder and magnetic induction does the rest. If you've got a Braun Oral B toothbrush, you'll be familiar with the lack of wires. Lesser UN-branded equivalents have a jack-plug sticking upwards which inserts into the 'candles' when returned to base or just run on replaceable batteries. For example, the Lakeland Shop's own tea-lights use those rather pricey CR2032 silver oxide 'button' jobs.
Coming back to the Philips' product, this does lead you to ask whether they'd be watertight too, given the penchant lots of people have for turning their soak in the tub into something moody. At least with the low voltages involved, you wouldn't get a shock if they fell in, but the lights still might! According to the instructions that came with the second lot I bought, they are 'weatherproof', note that, NOT waterproof.
WE ARE THE LIGHTS THAT SAY 'NiMH'
Unlike previous rechargeable devices, these are powered by Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries that are less prone to deteriorate with lack of use, unlike the older Nickel-Cadmium cells which 'accumulated (pardon the pun) a 'memory' making them less likely to hold a charge. Even here, with NiMH batteries, you are advised to use them at least once every three months.
Charging takes around 10 hours for approximately 20 hours of light. For some reason the blue ones only give you half of the light duration. I think I read somewhere that LEDs nearer the 'white end' of the spectrum have long been the Holy Grail of achievement for LED makers, and even now they need more current than anything nearer the natural 'red end' of the LED spectrum.
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, JOE DIM-AGEO?
To be honest they are, well, a bit dim. There's no way that these are as bright as the average uncovered tea-light, although putting one in a ground-glass tube is not something I've tried for fear of overheating the glass and cracking it. I don't suppose the blue or red ones are any better, and at least mine give off a natural flame-coloured light.
It's just that you'll need more than three of them to turn the surrounding gloom into a 'romantic evening in', or a massage parlour. Maybe the red ones are for putting in the window?
Which brings me neatly to the question of getting some more. At first, I'd harboured some thought of getting more lights without yet another charger, but as with so many things these days, buying spares, whilst they do exist is not an economic proposition, especially given the current list price on a whole set, hence I just bought another load and have mothballed the charger unit. The second set were the half-height tea-light versions, as I thought the 'change would do me good.' These also cost £17.50 at Amazon. The charger is the same though.
At the current reduced price or around £17 (see Amazon.co.uk or 7dayshop.com), these are a pleasant addition to a dining table, as can no doubt be seen in countless restaurants across the land. Unlike real candles, it doesn't matter if you forget about them, they'll just croak after 20 hours use needing to be returned to base.
You're going to need a lot of these to create any meaningful amount of light. Emergency lighting they are not!
Perfect for non-smokers to wave around at Barry Manilow concerts too!
I was intrigued when I first noticed the Philips Imageo LED Rechargeable Candle Lights. I thought they looked attractive, and they were a good concept. I purchased a set of the Candle Lights in July of last year as an intended Christmas present, however, when I opened the box to inspect them; I decided that I would like to keep them for myself. I love candles, and I usually have quite a few dotted around the home, as I love the ambience and relaxed atmosphere that they create. I like to be able to sit in a peaceful setting during the evening to be able to relax. Sitting in candle light is peaceful and romantic, and it brings a warm glow into the environment. I have always liked candles, and the sensual atmosphere that they create.
Candles may be inexpensive, but they soon burn down, and if you have several in use, in one room, then it can be a costly affair to be constantly be replacing them. I'm not able to use candles as often as I once did, as I have an eager active toddler, so I am limited to where I can place them, and now they mainly remain unlighted for the most part. The Philips Candle Lights seemed like the perfect solution, to be able to continue enjoying a relaxed setting without any danger or risks that are associated with candles. I was quite eager to try them out, and hoped that they would emulate a natural gentle glow of a candle.
>>> Lighting The Way
The rechargeable Candle Lights come packaged in a sturdy white box that looks stylish. The box contains three rechargeable candles, a base, and a charger. The items are well packaged to ensure that they remain in perfect condition during transit. The wireless candles sit in the induction base unit to be charged, and this doubles up as a storage unit. The candles should be charge for 12 hours for the first time, and then they are ready to use. Once charged, they will give 20 hours of light. The beautiful white frosted glass candles are a realistic size, and are of a high quality. They sit neatly on the light grey base, and are easily positioned into the three spaces, they are not connected to it in any way they are just simply placed onto the charger unit, which is then plugged in. There is a red LED light on the centre of the base which indicates that they are charging, and once they are fully charged the light goes off.
>>> Burning At Both Ends
I am known to relax in front of a movie in the comfort of my bed of an evening, and I can fall asleep without realising, which means that items can be left on, so I need to take care not to have anything that could be potentially dangerous left on, at times when I'm tired. I generally wake up a couple of hours later to turn everything off, as I am unable to remain asleep if I am aware of anything being on that shouldn't be. I like to have a gentle light flickering in the evening to create a relaxing atmosphere, as I find it helps me to unwind from the day, making me relaxed ready for sleep. I thought the Candle Lights would be the perfect solution, I just hoped that that they would create a realistic and natural glow, and that they would fulfil my expectations.
As the Candle Lights are completely safe to pets and children, and they are water resistant, and wireless they can be used indoors or outdoors, they can be placed literally anywhere to provide a warm gentle glow that replicates candle light. They look pretty displayed, as they look like frosted candle holders, that are of a high quality. They are easy to operate, as they use a genius tumble switch, all that is required is a shake from side to side to ignite the light, and the same to disable the light, making them easy to use. I love this design feature, as it means I can simply turn them on when in a darkened room without having to fumble about looking for a switch, just a quick flick of the wrist and they instantly light up, giving a sufficient amount of light. This is also handy, as when I am sleepy, or have drifted off to sleep and wake to find them on, I don't need to struggle or wake myself up to turn them off, as I can just reach out and shake them, which is probably the biggest advantage.
I love the fact that they are convenient and that they can be used anywhere, and they last for an incredible amount of time. I have used them in most rooms, as I find they are ideal and provide a gentle light to be able to relax in the evening. They create a wonderful gentle glow that is realistic, as the flameless flame flickers giving off a warm glow that looks incredibly like that of a wax candle. The beauty is that there is no wax splattering onto other surfaces, or any risks or dangers. The candle holder remains cool to the touch, even after several hours of use.
>>> The Price of Light
These candles may be expensive initially, however, they are worth every penny, and they soon make a saving, as buying candles and replacing them can be costly over time. I use these candles every day, and whilst I love wax candles, these are as every bit as good, as they are safe, they can be used for several hours, and there is no worry if they get left on. I still like to have a few scented candles, however, traditional wax candles are pretty much a thing of the past for me now.
The Candle Lights are great for times where a torch may be required, for the sheer easiness of use, and the long life. No more searching for a match, and they can be placed anywhere without any worry. As there are three candles provided they can be placed around a room to add a good amount of gentle light. I find that they produce enough light for me to comfortably see what I am doing, and I have no need to turn on the main lights. I can also carry one down the stairs if I need to get up in the night, so there is no need to disturb others. They are also ideal to have in case of a power cut, as they are easy to keep charged, so they are always ready to use. They look great on a dining table to add a touch of romance to a mealtime, or setting the mood for other night-time activities.
I am so pleased that I decided to keep these for myself, as they have been put to good use, and they look fantastic when on, or off. I wouldn't hesitate buying another set, as I think they are charming.
The Candle Lights retail at £30 and are available in white, blue, or red.
Available from Amazon, Play.com or directly from the Philips website.
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I have these in the blue colour and think they are great. Although they are blue I find they are quite bright and, to me, are similar to a LED black light as anything that is light in colour near it seems to shine in the dark!
I purchased mine from Amazon in the Black Friday sale and paid £11.74 for them. They are now selling them at £16.50 and that is from Amazon themselves so no P&P.
These are LED candles so safe for anyone to use, inside or outside and can be left unattended. The actual candle itself is housed in a frosted glass round tube and when lit up look really nice, although I'm still not sure about them unlit, so I've got mine sitting unobtrusively on the window sill where they can't really be seen. Like a real candle they do flicker so if they were white you probably wouldn't know the difference.
To get this to work they have to be charged up and come with a silver coloured triangular shaped unit with three circles in it to place each candle, this is called a wireless induction charger (I felt like showing off!) This is then plugged in and you press the red button in the middle of the unit to charge the lights. When you first use these they have to be charged for ten hours and then they are good to go. How long each charge lasts I don't know as I haven't had to charge mine again. I've used them for around five or six hours, so personally I think that is quite good as the light is still as bright as the first time I used thiem so I know I won't be charging them soon.
Now here's the quirky bit about them, you don't switch them on or off and there's no buttons. To turn the light on you get hold of the candle and tilt it. You then do the same to switch it off.
They also come in different colours and I have seen white, pink, pink and yellow and green.
I like these candles as they are different and most importantly safe as there's no flame, no wax and they don't get hot. If you like candles get some of these.
We first seen these on holiday last year in Zante, where we all thought they were real candles, the first thing we done was came home and searched until we found them, we paid about £18 from Amazon and they are one of the best buys we have made. They charge easily and last for days using them in the evenings, all our friends have commented on how they thought they were real, they are much safer than candles for anyone with children but have the same effect.
We have had our first ones over 18 months now and they are still going strong, we recently bought some more red/orange ones to go with our bedroom and they are lovely too, not too bright but give a lovely warming glow from them, they are quite robust having been knocked off our window sills onto wood floor a few times and thankfully have not smashed or broke.
I obtained these from the Amazon vine programme but they cost £19.99 form amazon (r.r.p) £29.35
My partner and I do tend to get through a lot of tea lights and other candles and honestly the waxy mess the leave behind is something I could do without. When I saw these which offered a candle light atmosphere with out the mess I thought they were worth a go.
What's in the Box
When the box arrived I was surprised by how light it was. On opening the box I soon saw why. The 'candles' are a tea light style LED light in the bottom of a tacky blue plastic holder. I only tend to use glass holders for candles. Yes I know that here there is no chance of the holder melting and plastic is safer than glass but for me it just doesn't look right.
Whilst the ones I have are a yellow LED light in a blue plastic base but other colours are available.
The charger also is not exactly the best looking thing in the world and it is something I keep well hidden when it is not in use. The wire on the adapter is also not very long and so it can't be used too far from a power point unless you use an extension cable.
This is simple enough as the 'candles' fit into their own sections in the charging base then all you have to do is plug in and press the button. The instructions state that the first time you charge them you should do this for 12 hours. Whilst this isn't too bad I still have an aversion to leaving things plugged in overnight. After this first charge they don't need charging for any where near this length of time. The instructions say that the batteries should remain in tip top shape for at least 500 charges and they should be good for 1000 charges.
Lights in use
The lights are easy to turn on, all you do is tilt them so there are no fiddly switches to contend with.
The LED light does flicker like a real candle would but there is something missing. Candles give out a nice warm glow, these lights give out a cold or lukewarm glow at best. The flicker is also very uniform whilst a real candle is a bit more random. For me they simply do not give the warm cosy atmosphere that a real candle provides. They really do not re-create the candle light atmosphere that my partner and I enjoy at times. After a few uses these have been put away and the tea lights and regular candles have come back out again.
For me they also don't give out as much light as a set of three tea lights do. Perhaps a slight redesign to the holders in order to magnify the light could help here.
The instructions say that when fully charged they should give 24 hrs of light. I haven't used them for 24 hours constant use I can not totally confirm this but it does sound about right as we did use them a few evenings without needing to recharge them
Well these do have a couple of uses which I can think off. Firstly they can be used as a night light in the bedroom of a child who is going through the being scared of the dark stage. Also they can be used as an emergency light in case all the lights go out in your house/flat.
Replacement 'candles' etc can be bought directly from the Philips website so you can always buy replacement 'candles' or even ones of different colours to change the look of them.
I have also reviewed this on Amazon under my real name of M.J. Collins (my user name there is the same username as on here)
I first came across these candle lights when on a break in Edinburgh a couple of years ago. We were in a restaurant overlooking the Firth of Forth and there was one of these candle lamps on every table.
I was quite taken with them and thought they were a good (and safer) alternative to candles.
Back home a few months later, I was browsing Amazon online and came across these Philips Imageo Rechargeable LED Candle Lights. I realised these were the same as what I had seen on the restaurant tables a few months later and fancied buying some. However, the price put me off.
At nearly £30 for three candle lamps, I thought this was quite expensive and instead of buying them, I placed them on my Amazon wishlist where they have remained ever since.
Until a few weeks ago that is, when I noticed they were on offer half-price at £14.97 with free delivery. I decided that it was time to buy some!
~~ What are Imageo Candle Lights?~~
Philips state their Imageo Candle Lights are great atmosphere creators. They give off a warm glow with a gentle flicker, but without the risk of open flames and hot wax. The set includes three rechargeable LED candles in white frosted glass holders.
Unlike normal wax candles that eventually burn out, Candle Lights provide up to 20 hours of light per charge and can be easily recharged by using the induction charger base that doubles as a storage holder when the candles are not in use. Their wireless operation and the fact that they are water resistant allows freedom of placement both indoors and outdoors.
They are totally safe to use and are cool to touch.
~~My Candle Lights~~
My lights arrived well packed with full instructions, but basically once you have removed them from their packaging, you realise exactly what you are meant to do with them.
The induction charger base holds the three candle lights for charging, so it is simply a case of plugging it in and waiting for them to charge. There is a light in the centre of the charger which you press and it then lights up whilst charging. When the light goes out, your candle lights are charged and ready to use.
The first time you charge the candle lights you are advised to charge them for 12 hours, which I did. There is also a built in safety timer anyway so that charging will cease after 12 hours.
Once charged you are then meant to tilt the candle light to the side to turn it on. Lifting the candle from the base, I tilted it to one side and nothing happened. I tilted it to the other side - again nothing happened.
I tried the other two lights and neither worked.
At this point after listening to me complaining, my partner, along with his usual " you buy some stupid things don't you? " comments, came over and picked up one of the lights and tilted it back and forth quite vigorously. This did the trick and there was light!
This had to be repeated with the other two lights to get them to work and it seems every time I want to turn my lights on or off, they require a vigorous shake from side to side.
Sometimes I begin to think they are not going to turn on/off as there seems to be no consistency as to how many times they have to be tilted. I have on some occasions tilted them back and forth a number of times before they illuminate or turn off and I am not sure that it should be this way. Whilst I could not see anything on the instructions to say they only have to be tilted once, it certainly does not state that they have to be tilted back and forth numerous times!
However, they do work eventually, sometimes after one tilt, sometimes after 7 or 8. So be prepared for some vigorous tilting at times!
Once lit, they are really pretty, especially when used in a darkened room. They offer a golden yellow flame-like flicker, which is both attractive and comforting to look at. The frosted glass holders are also quite thick, so they do not appear really fragile, although you must still handle them carefully, especially when tilting them.
I used mine for a few hours each night and after 4 or 5 days they needed charging again, which I thought was reasonable. The booklet stated you can expect to receive around 20 hours of candlelight from each charge.
These candle lights are also ideal to use outside and I did like the effect when placing them on the table on my patio on a warm evening last week. They are great to use at barbecues etc and are water resistant.
Overall, I am pleased with my purchase. I like their effect and they are totally safe to use, which is probably the big selling point for these. Ideal for those who are nervous of having candles burning, or those with young children around.
The only downside for me is having to sometimes tilt them several times to get them to turn on or off.
I definitely think they are worth buying when on offer, but I don't think I would ever have parted with £30 for them. They are also available in other colours such as blue and red and can be bought from Amazon.
I've owned these for a year or more now, and they're still going strong! Bought them as a gift for a friend and have noticed that as at 7/6/10 they are £14.97 on Amazon - that's a great saving because the ones I bought as a gift were £19.99 and my ones bought last year were approximately £25.
I dot the three lights about the room, so added to low lighting with lamps these add to the ambiance, they're lovely, flickering away like real night lights would if sat inside the glass holders.
Take them out of the box, plug in the induction stand to charge it, press the little button in the centre of the stand which glows red whilst charging and goes off when they're charged. There is no outward sign of how these charge, they simply charge whilst sitting in their "dock".
They come in various glowing colours, but I chose the "orangey" coloured set because this looks more natural, they flicker away just like real tea lights would.
Once they've charged, you can place them wherever you like and switch them "on" by tilting them upside down, doing the same to switch them off.
They can be used indoors and outdoors as they are water resistant, they don't get overheated, and are safer than using tea lights as there's no naked flame, plus will save you money compared to using tea lights each night.
They last for about 20 hours continuous use before needing to be recharged. I love them!
I still went ahead with purchasing the Philip Imageo Rechargablecandles,even though some of the reviews,said they were disapointed with them.But! I must say I think they are brilliant,my Husband thought they were real candles,& even found he had,put them on whenI arrived home late one evening!Not like him,at all!!!What more can I say!!!
I bought these on Amazon for £18.99 last year, as a gift. They seemed to look very unique. Not too expensive and being made by Philips, I thought they should be OK. Delivery was quick and they come supplied in a nice cube shaped box. They look as though they should cost a lot more than they do.
Upon unpacking to test them out, I plug the base in. The idea is that you stand the 3 cylindrical lamps in the base and they recharge. There is no visible plug and socket connection, they are completely flat on the bottom, so look really neat. Almost magic how they recharge. After they sat in the base for an hour I just had to try them You sort of tip them upside down, then back the right way quickly and this turns them on. Repeating the process turns them off.
They do not give out much light... but certainly are comparable to how much a candle would perform. The little bulb waivers inside the frosted glass part of each lamp. From the outside they really do look like candles, very clever and very well done. So I was impressed, left them on charge and used the next day to test again. They ran for a good six hours without running out. You can use them in the base, or remove them and place where you want. Wow!
So the only negatives I could find were two. There is no way of telling when they are fully charged or how much juice is left. Second, if only they were just a little brighter, they would be a lot more useful.
For a unique gift though, they are a bargain.
Flameless candles, great idea and great product.
I have been looking for a nice light source for a new room we had done up but i didn't want normal candles as they can be dangerous, especially in this room, its like an entertainment/play room etc
I looked on Amazon and found these, and seeing they were made by Philips i was already liking the idea as i love Philips. I read some other reviews around and most people gave them a good review so i thought i would try them. I think i paid about £15 for them at the time which was a brilliant price.
They soon arrived and i couldn't wait to try them. In the box you get the 3 flameless candles. These are made from frosted glass so you only see the glow of the light and not the LED bulb. You also get the silver charging base and the adaptor. Before you can use them you have to charge them for something like 10 hours.
Once they were fully charged i tried them. Now to turn them on, you don't press a button or flick a switch, no no, you flick the candle. Al you do it hold the candle and flip it or shake it and the light comes on and starts flickering.
They give off such a nice warm glow but without being dangerous. They are not super bright, but i did not want that, so they are perfect for me.
I'm not sure how charging works, but there is no actual connection, instead the charging base is smooth as is the bottom of the candle, but i know it works great as the candles have always worked for me and i use them quite a lot.
Oh another good thing they are waterproof so you can put them in a bathroom when you have a bath, or have them outside.
This does not mean you can put them in the bath or leave them out all night, what i mean is if it does start raining and they are outside, they will not die, just bring them in and they will be fine.
Infact i liked them that much i bought another set for my mum so now we have six candles.
I'm quite disappointed, because I wanted to tell you about these new candle lights from Philips, and how great they were........but they're not really........
So instead of the "glowing" report, I just want you to know about something that you'd want to be aware of, should you buy these lights.
I'm all for ambience in the home - we have soft lamps and mood lights, but nothing beats the relaxing, fascinating glow of a candle flame.
We all know about the dangers of open candle flames and the only one we have is in an aromatherapy burner....which we blow out well before bedtime.
I looked on the net for safe alternatives and was delighted to see these Philips Imageo LED rechargeable candle lights.
They looked fantastic ...... a set of three white opaque glass tubes - approx. 7" high, standing in a stylish silver recharging station.
The "flame" is achieved with an LED light, so no open flames - no summonsing of the fire brigade.
Once charged (10 hours charging gives 12 hours of glow) you can remove them and place them anywhere in the home, or leave them in the trendy docking station.
I will give you the technical details later, in case you do wish to buy them....but here's the disappointing bit.
The glow from the glass tubes is lovely - soft and warm, slightly yellow/orange. Quite beautiful.
But the "gentle flickering" effect is more akin to strobe lighting than a candle flame.
Imagine putting one of those on/off, on/off xmas tree lights in an opaque glass....flick flick flick flicker.......flick flicker flick flick (if you think this is annoying - you want to see all three in action)
I lay there in complete darkness (like to get into the atmospherics, me) and as there's no real light emission, it was rather like having a belisha beacon flickering into your bedroom window......flick flick flickker flick....
After a very short time this actually became irritating and because your eyes are constantly trying to adjust, gave me a tension headache........so you can imagine, in a romantic setting, last thing you want is for BOTH of you to have headaches :S
I thought maybe I was being over-sensitive (I really wanted these lights to work - I'd fallen in love with the concept) I gave them to my 16 yr old son (over-sensitive is not in his vocabulary).
Within minutes, he handed them back saying the flashing was really annoying.....and it would have been better if you could just have the glowing lights with none of the disco effects.
There, I told you - it wasn't just me then.
One thing I would say...if you want them as outdoor lighting, for a bbq etc, they'd be fine, as they do simulate candles in jars with a strong wind howling around them. So I think that could impress your guests (especially is there's no wind that evening....)
Anyway here's the technical bits
I bought them from Amazon, by far the cheapest place, at £18.94 delivered.
Made from (breakable - so do be careful) opaque glass in a durable, heavyweight silver docking station.
LED lights take 10 hours to charge and will last 12 hours.
Clever bit: you turn then on by firmly tilting the glass holders, and turn them off again by tilting (very impressive I must say)
They are not waterproof, but splashproof. So you can have them alongside your bath, but apparently not IN the bath. Can't think why you'd want to, unless you're recreating the sinking of the Titanic as your latest bathtime experience.....
You can get replacement candles from any Philips stockist and have to quote their order no. which is (oh boy have I done my research here, because the Amazon reviewers generally couldn't find it) 799012.20
The order no. of the whole 3 candle unit is 799135.36. (Do I hear a round of applause?)
You can also get different coloured glass holders.
It's a shame Philips didn't realise how annoying this constant, fast flickering is, or even have a way of turning the LED's down to your taste.....because the whole idea is brilliant (too brilliant with 3 on remember)
and any product that emulates candlelight in a safe way, is to be applauded.
I am sadly sending mine back......hope I haven't put any of you off too much, you might indeed find flickermania stimulating and hypnotic....
I just didn't want you (with sssshhhhhhh-xmas-ssshhhhh coming up) not to be aware of this interesting effect before buying.
I have given these candle lights 3 stars - 1 for innovation/1 for the safety aspect/1 for the stylish design.
Please be aware Philips will not give you a refund on any item returned, and Amazon state you must return goods unopened and if cling-film wrapped, cling-filmed wrapped (which is a bit weird, because that means you can only return an item if faulty) How would you know an item was unsuitable, if you don't unwrap it?
I am returning mine under the "faulty" label.......as they are......design-wise.
I'm still on the lookout for atmospheric, romantic (who am I trying to kid) alternatives and will deffo let you know if I come up with something :D x
I bought these candles from Amazon, having read some great reviews, after earning enough iPoints to get them. They were a wonderful reward.
I have moved into a very small room so it is not practical for me to have my beloved candles. Nor is it safe. These are the answer to all my prayers.
You get three candle-lamps in the box, along with the silver charging pod you see in the picture and a charger which you plug into the pod and the socket.
They are operated by simply picking up each candle-lamp and flicking it gently in your hand. To turn it off, turn it upside down.
Unlike every lamp I have ever owned, these DO NOT get hot, so you can safely handle and move them around. They run for about 10 hours I think; certainly all night long, as they did for me.
Looking at them from the side, they flicker just like real candles, although I felt the shade of orange was only slightly unrealistic. One downside is the frosted glass scratches ridiculously easily. Mine scratched when my hand slipped and my fingernail ran down it.
I would still recommend them though as you can leave them unattended and they're great at replicating the ambience of candles.